Cathedral grain pointing up or down on vertical pieces (e.g. trestle leg)?

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Forum topic by jimmy J posted 01-23-2015 08:16 PM 994 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2015 08:16 PM

I know this is a personal aesthetics question, but do people generally point the cathedral grain upwards or downwards? I’m building a trestle table base, and the legs will be 8” wide.

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 08:21 PM

I think the general consensus is that the arch pointing up is more pleasing.

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 10:47 PM

Most people, me included, usually point the cathedrals upwards.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 10:57 PM

Yep! Point ‘em up.


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#4 posted 01-23-2015 11:12 PM

Thanks guys. That’s what my instinct told me as well. I happen to be making a table out of FWW article, and their leg had a downward pattern – made me stop and question myself. Upwards it is.

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 11:13 PM

For legs, I would personally try and use vertical grain if at all possible.

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#6 posted 03-18-2015 02:24 AM

What about the direction of the cathedral on veneered panels like on kitchen cabinet doors? I remember reading a recommendation for “up” on the wall cabinets and “down” on the base cabinets.

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#7 posted 03-18-2015 02:46 AM

my guess

trees eventually point to the sky

bad things happen when you nail a horse shoe upside down on a barn and nobody ever built a cathedral that pointed south with out winding up in hell

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